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‘Disrespectful’, ‘Viliffied’ and “Publish his first and second letters”

‘Disrespectful’, ‘Viliffied’ and “Publish his first and second letters”

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Statements by MHA, MARUAH ahd Function 8 on the leaking of Archbishop Nicholas Chia’s retracted letter.
Statements by MHA, MARUAH ahd Function 8 on the leaking of Archbishop Nicholas Chia’s retracted letter.

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‘Disrespectful’,‘Viliffied’and“Publishhisfirstandsecondletters”
 
~StatementsbyMHA,MARUAHahdFunction8ontheleakingofArchbishopNicholasChia’sretractedletter~
StatementbyMinistryofHomeAffairs:
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TheGovernmentvaluesitslong-standingrelationshipwiththeCatholicChurchandtheCatholiccommunityinSingapore,anddeeplyappreciatesArchbishopNicholasChia'smanycontributionstoreligiousharmonyinSingapore.
AspartofbuildingtrustandunderstandingandtomaintainreligiousharmonyinSingapore,governmentministersmeetregularlywithvariousreligiousleadersinSingapore.Suchclosed-doormeetingsallowafrankexchangeofviewsespeciallyonsensitivesubjects.Thisisawell-establishedprocessthatisappreciatedbybothministersandreligiousleaders.WenoteArchbishopChia'sstatementyesterdaythathehadwithdrawnhisearlierletterasitscontentsdidnotaccuratelyreflecthisviewsonthesubject.Healsoexpressedconcernthatiftheletterwasusedinamannerthathedidnotintend,itmayinadvertentlyharmthesocialharmonyinSingapore.HisdecisiontowithdrawhisletteraheadofapoliticaleventinJune2012,showshisappreciationofthecomplexityofourmulti-racial,multireligioussociety,andtheneedtokeepreligionandpoliticsseparate.TheactionsbythisgrouptopublicisethematterthroughMrAuisdisrespectfuloftheArchbishop,andcontrarytohisviewsandintentionsasconveyedtothegroupafterhehaddecidedtoretracthisletter.ThisdeliberatebreachoftheArchbishop'strustconfirmstheobjectiveofthisgrouptopubliclyinvolvetheCatholicChurchandtheArchbishopintheirpoliticalagenda.
 
 
StatementbyMARUAH:
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MARUAH,ahumanrightsNGO,isapartnerwithFunction8,inparticularfortheJune2nd2012eventtomarkthe25thAnniversaryoftheallegedMarxistConspiracy.MARUAH'spositionisthatitistimelyforaCommissionofInquirytobesetuptoreviewthedetentionsunderOperationSpectrum.AspartofthiscollaborativeeffortMARUAHwasinformedofthelettersthattheArchbishophadsenttoFunction8andweareawareofthecontents.Thelettersreflectdiverseviewsonkeycontentareasinrelationtopreventivedetentionwithouttrial.Bothorganisationsmadeadecisionnottopublicisetheletter(s)tillwesoughtclarificationsfromMinistryofHomeAffairsandotherrelevantparties.ThisdecisionwastakenaswefeelitisabetterwayforwardasbothorganisationsaremindfulofthepreviouspainwithintheCatholiccommunityoverwhathappenedin1987wheretheChurch,thegovernment,thedetaineesandthecommunitywereinvolved.Weagreedthataftertheseapproachestoreachoutfordialogueshadbeentriedandtestedwewouldreviewthisincidentoftheletters.Itisunfortunatethatthematteroftheletterswasleakedtothemediabeforewecouldreceiveclarificationsfromtherelevantbodies.BothorganisationshadwantedtofocusonseekingadialogueratherthandealingwiththeArchbishop'slettersapublicmannerthroughthemedia.Havingsaidthat,MARUAHhastostatethatwearedeeplydisappointedwiththeremarksoftheArchbishopinhisresponsetothemediaqueries.AnopportunitytounderstandthechangeinthepositionoftheArchbishopvis-a-vispreventivedetentionwithouttrialwasmissed.WearestillcluelessastowhethertherewasinterventionbytheStateinthismatterandifso,onwhatgroundsandtowhatextent.InsteadcivilsocietyhasbeenvilifiedintheArchbishop'sremarkswhicharetheoppositeofourintentionstopreserveharmonybyseekingclarifications.Nevertheless,itismoreimportanttomoveforward.WearekeentohavedialoguewiththeMinistryofHomeAffairsonourongoingeffortsatpubliceducationandadvocacyonpreventivedetentionswithouttrial.WewillalsobeveryhappytomeettheArchbishopinrelationtothismatter.
 
Moreimportantly,itisveryimportanttous,andtomanyotherSingaporeansthatanindependentCommissionofInquirybesetupasweareperturbedbythemanycontradictionsinthiscase.ThiswastheworkthatbeganonJune2ndbetweenMARUAHandFunction8,toensurethattherightsofthosedetainedareprotectedandfulfilledthroughaninquiry.
 
StatementbyFunction8:
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WearedeeplysaddenedbythecommentsofArchbishopNicholasChiareportedinTheStraitsTimesof20thSeptember2012.Hemadethreeunsubstantiatedremarks:1.ThatMrAu'saccount(inYawningbread)couldonlyhavecomefromFunction8,withwhomhehadcommunicatedinprivate.2.Thathedecidedtowithdrawhisletterofsupport"becauseiftheletterweretobeusedinamannerthatI(Archbishop)didnotintend,itmayinadvertentlyharmthesocialharmonyinSingapore."3.ThatMrAu'sarticleappearingnow,monthslater,"confirmsthecorrectnessofmy(Archbishop's)earlierdecisiontowithdrawthelettersoasnottoinadvertentlyembroiltheCatholicChurchandtheofficeoftheArchbishopinapoliticaleventwhichwasbeingstagedbythegroup."Ourresponseisasfollows:1.ArchbishopNicholasChia'sinitiallettertous,andthesubsequentonewithdrawingthefirstletter,werenotmarked"privateand/orconfidential".Indeed,indiscussinghisfirstletter,membersofFunction8concludedthatitwasintendedtobemadepublicon2June2012,the25thanniversaryofOperationSpectrum.Theretractionofthefirstlettermadeuscanceltheplan.Theorganisersofthe2JuneeventsubsequentlydecidedthatwewouldtrytohaveaprivatedialoguewiththeMinistryofHomeAffairs.2.ArchbishopNicholasChiaassumedthatMrAucouldonlyhaveobtainedanaccountofwhathewroteinhisarticlefromFunction8.HasHisGraceforgottenthathissecondletterwascctoathirdpartyandthathisstaffand

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